What’s Occurring on Beacon Hill



With the legislature coming back from August recess, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Advocacy Division continues to give attention to guaranteeing animal’s voices are being heard on Beacon Hill.
Nero’s Regulation Advances 
Nero’s Regulation, filed after the tragic demise of Sgt. Sean Gannon and harm of his Okay-9 companion Nero in 2018, would insure that police canine have entry to instant care and transport within the occasion of life-threatening harm.
S.1606, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny, and H.2547 sponsored by Consultant Steven Xiarhos, have moved ahead within the legislative course of. On the listening to again in July, ARL’s Director of Regulation Enforcement, Joe King, testified in assist of this regulation. A former K9 handler with the State Police, King underscored the significance of the bond between an officer and these canine. Due to the overwhelming assist of the Joint Committee on Public Security and Homeland Safety, these invoice obtained a positive report from the committee.
Listening to on Kennel Rules
ARL testified in assist of H.2148 and S.1322, An Act defending the well being and security of puppies and kittens in cities and cities, sponsored by Consultant Linda Dean Campbell and Senator Harriette Chandler. These payments would shield animals throughout Massachusetts by stopping the sale of puppies and kittens below 8 weeks, prohibiting roadside gross sales, creating regulation for business boarding and coaching kennels, and updating kennel legal guidelines.
At the moment, the one statewide requirements for a kennel are that they be sanitary and humane. On the lookout for extra details about what to search for whenever you board your pet? Try our Kennel-9.
Listening to on Housing and Breed Considerations
Lots of the animals surrendered to ARL’s shelters are surrendered as a result of housing points. This session, ARL labored with Consultant David Rogers and Senator Anne Gobi to file H.1437 and S.885, An Act to take care of secure housing for households with pets in an financial disaster and past.
ARL testified in assist of laws that will prohibit insurance coverage corporations from refusing to cowl, canceling, or charging extra for householders or renters insurance coverage based mostly on the breed, dimension, weight, or bodily look of a canine. Information reveals that breed just isn’t a dependable indicator of canine bites, and additional, that visible identification is commonly inaccurate in figuring out breed.  
Included within the invoice this session have been some new provisions to assist preserve households and pets collectively in the course of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Though the State of Emergency has ended, ARL will proceed to advocate for protections in housing.
Have questions on ARL’s advocacy efforts or need to get entangled? Please electronic mail advocacy@arlboston.org

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